The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
1. From a power standpoint, President Assad is in no position to dictate terms. The diplomatic initiative dealt with his giving up his chemical weapons in exchange for no military response from the U.S.
2. His call for the U.S. to stop shipping arms to the rebels is not unreasonable, but that's a separate matter from the diplomatic initiative in question. I do believe the arms shipments make it more difficult to commence a larger political process aimed at resolving at least some of the major issues driving the civil war. The arms shipments also magnify the intensity of the civil war and one outcome of the increased intensity of the conflict is a higher civilian toll.
3. His attempt to link Syria's ratification of the CWC to Israel's conduct is a non-starter. It is neither germane to the initial issue related to possible U.S. military strikes (which I still oppose on grounds of a lack of compelling American interests, among other factors) nor resolving the sectarian conflict.
If President Assad is trying to test the limits of his leverage, that's one thing. If he's seriously considering abandoning the commitment he has made to abandon and eliminate chemical weapons, that's quite another.
Do I hear some Obama Nut slurpin going on in here?
Look no matter how much they tell you Obamamatons to go out and deflect, change up the story, Deny the facts, look for spelling issues and grammar to play on.....its not going to work. So please do go inform your Masters of this Old Tactic and how it's not going to work. Then tell them why its not going to work.
If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump